Spring is in the air!! While it hasn't
yet warmed up enough here in
for my taste, it won't be long before I'll be hitting that highway again
in search of
destinations, and lots more tales!
Where are you headed this spring and summer?
If you find a great out of the way place that you think we should write
about, let us know!! How about those wonderful photographs that
you take along the way? If you'd like to see your "name in print"
and your photographs shown to the whole wide webworld, just send me an
Email! Heck, I'll
even post an entire article, if you get a yen to be a writer. I
love to feature material from our readers. It provides a little
more variety and hey, let's face it, I can't be everywhere!
One place I would really like to start
writing about is Alaska. It's one of only about three states that
I've never had the opportunity to visit. Let me hear from you -
send me stuff, give me some ideas.
If you're new to
Legends of America,
we focus on
travel destinations that appeal to the nostalgic and historic
minded. Not really interested in the glitter and glitz of the big
cities, we hunt out those places with a little "elbow room," lots of
history, and hidden attractions.
I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
"Life doesn't happen
along the interstates. It's against the law."
-- William Least Heat
Moon, Blue Highways
In this Edition:
Leadville, Colorado - Cloud City, USA
Questions From Our Readers
Featured Book - Complete Idiot's Guide to Ghosts & Hauntings
The Telegraph Passes Into History
Virginia City, Montana - Heart of the Comstock Lode
Focus on the
Tales of California
New Additions to Legends of
enthusiasts, you will be sure to enjoy our new stories on a couple of
Renegade, who might have started as a little bit of a "bad boy," but
probably didn't deserve everything that was blamed on him. Another
by the name of
is a tale of murder and treasure in the dense forests of
And, speaking of
Treasure, we've added up a couple more stories including
An Anchor in
Infamous Victor Smith & a Tale of Three Lost Treasures, and
Washington Treasures Just Waiting To Be Found. Happy hunting!
Always on the lookout for "legends," our
& Campfire Tales of the American West page has grown to
Pecos Bill -
A Legend of the American West; the
Lake Utah Sea Monster;
Ark On Superstition Mountains in
and a tale of Presido,
Governor's Right Eye.
As long as we're "talking" the stuff of
legends, always have to include something for our paranormal fans -
Your Psychic Power! and
Angels In Your
The last month has also found me working
more on the many historic photographs that we are now offering in our
Print Shop. This is going over very well with a bunch of you
and I can't seem to add new vintage photographs fast enough. Now
you will find in addition our popular
Saloon Style Photos and
Prints, special sections for
Historic Cities and Places; and
Railroads and Depots. Not flimsy paper prints, these are real
photographs of life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Guess I better mosey on! Until next
month, Happy Travels!!
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Featured Travel Destination
-- Cloud City, USA
often called "The Two Mile High City" and "Cloud City," is the highest
incorporated city in the world at 10,430 feet. Located at the foot
of two of
Colorado'ss highest peaks - Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive,
is one of America's last remaining authentic mining towns.
Established in 1859 when gold was discovered
in nearby California Gulch,
was once called home to
Holliday and the infamous
Horace and Baby
Doe Tabor. When silver was discovered in the area, the town
boomed and by 1893 the population was almost 60,000, but in the same
year it began to die when the United States moved to the gold standard.
In 1895, past its heyday and struggling, Leadville
attempted to attract visitors by building a mammoth
Ice Castle to draw sightseers,
create jobs and rescue the town's flagging economy. The biggest
ice structure ever built in the United States, the
Castle encompassed 58,000 square feet.
Today, this historic town is filled with
pristine old buildings, small town hospitality, a host of museums.
Just outside of town is the wonderful Route of
the Silver Kings, a gravel trek outside of
that will lead you to a number of abandoned mines and historic
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Featured Guides and Books
Complete Idiot's Guide to Ghosts & Hauntings
by Tom Ogden
unique guide to the world of the paranormal, The Complete Idiot's
Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings is a perennial favorite. Now updated,
revised, and expanded with new information on ghost hunting and
observing, this new edition includes new tips on gathering and recording
paranormal data, and a new section devoted to "faking it" showing
readers how to haunt their own houses to amuse and bewilder friends.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
Out of my mind.
Back in five minutes.
Yes, this is my pickup. No, I will not help
I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.
Don't squat with your spurs on.
The Old West
An Era Ends
As the Telegraph Passes Into History
After 145 years,
one of the last remaining vestiges of the
has finally come to an end. On January 27, 2006, Western Union
sent its final
A sad day, I think, as one more history filled era is forever finished.
And why should this be sad, you might ask. We must move forward,
technology is changing, dots and dashes have long been replaced by ones
and zeros. Be that as it may, this writer thinks it is sad, in the
same way it is sad to say goodbye to a loyal employee who has retired
after decades of service.
the telegrams were "just gone” – no retirement party, no chance to bid
our last farewell, no final chance to send one more singing telegram at
the last minute, before the news was announced by the press.
Nothing - but a small announcement on Western Union’s website prior to
the ending. Today, their website says not a word about this death
of an American tradition - not even a notation in the company’s Historic
Think of it - for almost a century and a
half, messages of joy, sorrow and success came in those hand-delivered
yellow envelopes. The
changed the world when its first message was sent on May 24, 1844
proclaiming "What hath God wrought!” With those first words sent
inventor Samuel Morse, communication sped through the land in way never
A woman living in a rural area
wanted to have an
that wouldn't stink. She advertised it in the local papers for a
contractor that could build such a structure.
After some time, a contractor applied for the job and
guaranteed that the
would not have any odor. He got the job.
Sometime after completing the construction, the man got a
frantic call from the woman, "You'd better get here fast! That
has a terrible smell!"
He rushed over, went to the
poked his head through the door and exclaimed,
"No wonder it
stinks! You pooped in it!"
City, Montana - Heart of the Comstock Lode -
Perched high in the
Rocky Mountains in a bowl along Alder Gulch,
City got its start when gold was discovered in
1863. It all began when six prospectors were camped
along a small stream shaded by alder trees.
When one of the
prospectors began to find small amounts of gold in his pan, the others
immediately joined him and by evening, they had all found enough of the
precious metal to know they had made an important strike.
In no time word of the gold find spread and
within just months, Alder Gulch was filled with some 10,000 miners
makeshift shacks, tents, caves, or simply sleeping beneath the trees.
Though the camp was a lawless and violent
place filled with desperadoes, rival forces from both sides of the Civil
War, and a secret
Society, it soon gained enough influence to become the Territorial
However, like many other popular mining
camps of the
City died when the gold began to
is now one of the most preserved "ghost
American West. In addition to the more than 200 historic
buildings that are preserved for tourists,
City offers a number of
for visitors that include the Heritage Days & Victorian Ball in August,
Players’ variety productions at the Opera House, a narrow-gauge
railroad, and the Brewery Follies at
first brewery. Also provided for the some 70,000 visitors who come
each year, are museums, shops, restaurants and accommodations.
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